Colors in Korean
Want to know how to say the colors in Korean? You came to the right place! Whatever your favorite color is, we’ll teach you the words you need to know.
In addition to the different color words in Korean, there are some examples and special uses that you’ll definitely want to know. These situations appear in Korean language, culture, music, and everyday life all the time.
Learn a few color words, and you’ll be recognizing and using Korean more than you might expect!
Are you ready to brighten your day with Korean colors? Let’s get to it!
In this lesson, we’ll explain the words and phrases using both Hangeul (Korean Alphabet) and in romanized English. If you don’t know Hangeul, you can get a free guide here and learn how to read in less than 1 hour.
Color in Korean
In the Korean language, you can use the words for colors in a few different ways, which also means the specific color word used may differ. Before we dive any deeper into the lesson, let’s learn the most basic word you’ll need first: color.
You’ve now learned that the word for ‘color’ is 색 (saek)! When naming the color in its basic form, you’ll add the word 색 (saek) after the color. For the sake of moving on, we needed to learn 색 (saek). Let’s learn its use with the vocabulary below.
List of Colors in Korean
검정색 (geomjeongsaek) = black
파란색 (paransaek) = blue
갈색 (galsaek) = brown
밤색 (bamsaek) = dark brown
금색 (geumsaek) = gold
회색 (hoesaek) = gray
초록색 (choroksaek) = green
주황색 (juhwangsaek) = orange
분홍색 (bunhongsaek) = pink
보라색 (borasaek) = purple
빨간색 (ppalkansaek) = red
은색 (eunsaek) = silver
하얀색 (hayansaek) = white
노란색 (noransaek) = yellow
Using colors as adjectives and noun modifiers
Here it may get tricky because when used as adjectives and noun modifiers, you won’t keep 색 (saek) attached, while for others you will. Here are the colors that lose the word 색 (saek) when used as an adjective:
까만 (kkaman) = black
파란 (paran) = blue
빨간 (ppalkan) = red
하얀 (hayan) = white
노란 (noran) = yellow
You’ll notice that the word for “black” in Korean changes based on how it’s used. In the Korean language, these words exist in their basic adjective verb form, which is -ㅎ다. In use, is -ㅎ다 is replaced by -ㄴ. The color words that continue to use 색 (saek) do not have such a form.
If you want to describe something to be a specific color, you can attach 색 (saek) with the 이다 (ida) verb. To illustrate clearly how the color words work in sentences, check out some examples below.
오늘 내 하얀 드레스를 입을 거예요. (oneul nae hayan deureseureul ibeulgeoeyo)
I will wear my white dress today.
그 보라색 가방이 제꺼예요. (geu borasaek gabangi jekkeoeyo)
That purple bag is mine.
제가 제일 좋아하는 색은 노란색이에요. (jega jeil joahaneun saegeun noransaegieyo)
My favorite color is yellow.
We hope we managed to pleasantly surprise you with this lesson, and you learned many new things about colors in Korean! Now we’d love for you to try and show your newfound color skills.
So, tell us: What’s your favorite color? Is it blue, red, brown, green, or orange? Or maybe you like gray and pink! Let us know in the comments below, and try to make a sentence in Korean if you can!
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